SixforSundays is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. Every month there is a theme and that is broken down on Sundays into categories.
This week’s theme is:
Books set in the country you live
When I saw today’s prompt (well yesterday’s because I didn’t go on my computer at all), I knew it was going to be easy. Why? Because I live in the United States and 90% of the books I read are set in there.
So enjoy!! And let me know what books are set in your country!!
Flesh and Blood by Willow Rose. Set in the small town of Shadow Hills in one of the midwestern states (not sure which on
2. Blue by H.J. Bellus: Mainly set at a fictional college in California. Blue traveled from Colorado and Tuck is from Arizona
I was a little let down by this book. The Marsh King’s Daughter was in my top 10 books that I wanted to read and I was thrilled when it came off hold at the library. Then I started reading it and my excitement waned. It was mainly because of Helena. I couldn’t stand her. I did feel bad for her because she was extremely damaged but that was about where my tolerance of her ended.
I loved this book!! It made me almost pee my pants laughing (Emily’s explaining of her lack of boobs to Simon had me rolling) to crying (basicallythe last couple of chapters and the epilogue). It also made me miss the Ren Faire. It was cancelled last year and I am looking forward to going this fall.
This was another book that I loved. The characters (even the secondary ones) were vibrant and full of life. I was rooting for both Elian and Lira to accomplish their quests (I know, messed up because of what Lira had to do). I also loved the snarky references to The Little Mermaid. But, it was the end that made the book for me. I went from sorrow to horror to sorrow to joy and back.
Hidden Fury was an enjoyable read. Not going to say much about this book because I did write a review on it (see below). Everything I needed to say about it was said in the review.
House of Enchanted: The Revelations of Oriceran by Sarah Noffke, Martha Carr, and Michael Anderle
I wasn’t a huge fan of House of Enchanted which surprised me. I had gone into reading it thinking that it would be a cute adventure or be something like Piers Anthony wrote. Nope, nothing like his works and it wasn’t exactly cute to read. I was disappointed because I have read books by all three authors and enjoyed them.
I have had a really bad turn of luck with the last 3 books I have read (the one before, this one, and the one after). They have all been “meh” to me. Now, I am not going to go into detail about what was “meh” about A Cowboy Kind of Love. There’s a review coming the end of April and it will explain everything.
This is the last of the trio of books that I mentioned above. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved it because it showcased mental health (Blue’s declined over the course of the book), bullying, and positive body image (Tuck learning to love his body). But at the same time, I hated it. Blue acted like a child for 90% of the book. She pushed Tuck into doing things he didn’t want to (sexually and it left a bad taste in my mouth after that scene). Oh and the language bothered me. Now, I am pretty relaxed with cursing and all that. But to read a teenager using that language in conversations with her parents?!? Yeah, it didn’t anything for me.
As a former cop turned private investigator, Annie Fitch hopes to never be in the line of fire again, so she’s expanded her business to include installing security systems. She’s thrilled to be hired by Preston Farr, a farmer with a vandalism problem on his family’s historic apple orchard and farm.
Preston’s roots in the community run deep. His family has held the same property in Leesburg, Virginia, since the 1700s. The two get to know each other over the course of the job. When Preston asks her out after the work is done, she accepts. After all, Annie’s on-again, off-again love affair with her childhood best friend, Ford, is currently off. Why should she mope until he decides it’s on again?
What she intended to be a fun, casual romp with Preston turns serious quickly when Annie’s newly installed security cameras record startling footage. Family secrets begin to unravel, echoing over two hundred years of heartache and violence.
They say when you’re dying, you see a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, but when I was dying, I didn’t see that.
Hidden Fury by Marie Flanigan
I like a good mystery. I like it when the mystery I am reading sucks me in and keeps me on edge for the entire book. I also like it when the characters are relatable. Sometimes, when I read a mystery, the characters are a little over the top. While in some cases, it is what the book needs, in other cases, it is a distraction. Fortunately, for Hidden Fury, I was kept on edge, and the characters were relatable.
Hidden Fury is the 2nd book in the Annie Fitch Mystery series. It takes place several months after the events of Exposed Fury. Annie, a PI, has expanded her business to include installing security systems. One of her first customers is Preston Farr, the owner of a historic orchard. His business is being vandalized, and he wants to find out who it is. Annie and Preston have an immediate connection and start a romantic relationship shortly after the system is installed. But, there is more going on at Preston’s orchard than just vandalism. After a skeleton is found in an abandoned, historic church on Preston’s property, Annie is compelled to solve the mystery of who it was. Will she solve the mystery? Will her relationship with Preston survive the truth?
The plotline for Hidden Fury was medium-paced which was fine with me. I like medium-paced plotlines with mysteries. It gives the plotline time to evolve (and in this case, it did) and for me to become engrossed in the book.
There is one main storyline with several secondary storylines in Hidden Fury. The primary and secondary storylines were well written. What I enjoyed is when the main storyline ended (when Annie caught who was vandalizing Preston’s farm and why), the author then had the storyline for the church become the main storyline. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed how the author did it!!
There were a couple of twists in the plotlines. One was revealed in the middle of the book. I can safely say with that twist; I saw it coming. The other twist I saw coming but was stilled surprised (and saddened) when it was revealed.
The characters in Hidden Fury were well written and had a depth to them. Annie, by far, was my favorite. I was a little disappointed that her brother and Ford weren’t featured in this book.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Preston. He came across as a very indecisive man. I also wouldn’t have doubted the story that my great-uncle was telling. But, I can understand why he acted the way he acted. He was a decent person outside of the drama. I hope that Annie and his relationship are still ongoing in book 3 (if there is one).
As I mentioned above, I thought the mystery was well written. The author did throw some red herrings out to try, and they did distract me, but in the end, I figured out both. I still enjoyed the lead-up to both reveals.
The end of Hidden Fury was terrific. The author wrapped up the storyline and plotline. She also left some wiggle room for a book 3.
Hidden Fury is a well-written mystery. Even though I was able to figure out both mysteries, I enjoyed the lead-up to the reveals. It had an excellent medium-paced storyline.
I would recommend Hidden Fury to anyone over the age of 21. There are flashbacks to how Annie got her brain injury. There is also a mention of child abuse, insect, rape resulting in pregnancy, murder, racism, and a church’s desecration. There are sex scenes but nothing explicit.
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
I am on my 3rd round of antibiotics for this stupid bladder infection. I am hoping that this stuff kills it because I have no idea what will happen if it doesn’t.
Nothing going on in Miss R’s world. Same old stuff going on. I plan on her playing outside tomorrow and Thursday. It’s going to be in the 60’s here and she needs the exercise/fresh air.
Mr. Z has finished up all of his projects and is relieved. He’s hoping that his teachers (mainly his social studies and science) will give him a break with projects.
Miss B has her cardiologist appointment next Monday. She’s a little nervous (I don’t blame her) but we will finally get answers to what is going on.
I got a new laptop on Saturday and we got Miss B a new one on Sunday. In turn, Mr. Z got my gaming desktop and Miss R got Miss B’s touch screen 2 in one. It worked out for everyone. All 3 kids are thrilled with what they got and I love my laptop (gaming and I got an Alienware).
I still haven’t been watching much TV. I have been watching bits and pieces of Babylon 5 when BK watches it. I just don’t have the energy to watch it at night. I am wiped by 6pm.
I made Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken for supper on Monday (my weekly recipe) and served it with salad and white rice. It was OK. If I make it again, I will add more lemon pepper. Strangely enough, there wasn’t a strong lemon pepper taste and I used a ton of it. I plan on either making a Pioneer Woman recipe or an Ina Garten recipe. Not sure which ones, though.
I have started updating my old blog posts. That consists of checking (and replacing) links, making sure that the book is still on Amazon (and removing the post if the book isn’t listed), updating the cover/blurb (and adding an alternative cover link if there are more than one cover), making sure that the tags are right, and adding the other books in the series. So, if you see any posts with the word “next” in the title, that is a hint to myself where I left off. It’s tedious but needs to be done.
My WordPress issue from last week has been resolved. But, like I said in that post, I changed my passwords and added two step verification. Still, it was weird.
I still wasn’t feeling 100% over the weekend and didn’t read much. But, I did finish two books by Tuesday. Go me. I’m hoping to get back to reading regularly by the end of the week.
I recently finished reading:
I loved this book so much that I actually got mad when it ended. The storyline was original and the characters were wonderful. Plus, I couldn’t get enough of Roth. Or Layla. Or Roth and Layla. I didn’t like the triangle that was forming, though. Zayne just didn’t do it for me <shrug>.
What I am currently reading:
I just started reading this book last night. So far, I like it. This is a review copy (book won’t be published until 2-2) and I realized Saturday that I needed to read it.
What books I think I’ll read next:
I had one book come off hold from the library. I am pretty excited to read this book. I had originally requested this on NetGalley and got turned down. After that book, I have 1 NetGalley ARC and 2 long term books that have been sitting on my TBR. The first 2 will definately be read. The TBR’s might not be gotten to until this weekend/early next week.